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NASA Staff Meeting Minutes 15 July 1996

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
July 15, 1996
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Minutes of Senior Staff and Center Director’s Meeting July 15, 1996
The following documents the discussions addressed at the Senior Staff and Center Director’s Meeting on July 15, 1996. Mr. Goldin was not in attendance. Action assignments have been placed in brackets [ ] for easy identification.

1. AA Reports
L/Lawrence: The results of last week’s Senate VA-HUD-Independent Agencies Subcommittee appropriations bill markup of $13.7 billion can be found on the Code L Homepage. Included within the markup was the request to authorize a buyout for NASA employees.
R/Whitehead: Dr. Whitehead will be in San Jose on July 17 and 18, 1996, to participate in ARC’s meeting of the Industry Technology Leadership Team to discuss areas of NASA research of interest to industry. Previous meetings have been well attended by corporate management and senior engineers. On July 17, Dr. Whitehead will participate in a series of meetings to discuss the future plans for continued industry use of specific NASA facilities. The discussion will concentrate on customer requirements and facilities upgrades and ways to improve them, despite limited budgets. On July 18, the NASA University Strategy Forum will conduct a peer review for aeronautics.
Y/Townsend: On July 19, 1996, the request for proposal will be issued, via the internet, for the development of the Earth System Science Pathfinder program. The request identifies the requirement for two non-Earth Observing Systems (EOS) science missions. On July 8, 1996, Mr. Townsend signed a memorandum of understanding between NASA and DOD for the SLR-3 mission. The Defense Mapping Agency signed for DOD.
U/Dr. Nicogossian: On July 18 and 19, 1996, JPL will host an inter-Center meeting on the Agency’s telemedicine plan. Dr. Nicogossian thanked all of the Centers for allowing their representatives to participate. In preparation for a workshop that will be conducted at JSC to discuss medical sensors, a preliminary meeting between NASA and industry will be conducted during the afternoon of July 19, 1996.
P/Boeder: On July 15, 1996, Dr. Shannon Lucid broke Dr. Norman Thagard’s American endurance record for the longest time in space. To mark this occasion, Dr. Lucid received a joint phone call from Daniel Goldin and Yuri Koptev. Mr. Koptev is the General Director of the Russian Space Agency. Mr. Goldin is in Moscow participating in the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission meeting on July 15-16, 1996. The White House will issue a press release this week concerning the outcome of the meeting. Ms. Boeder expressed her appreciation to JSC for providing a press conference, on short notice, to address the recent decision to delay STS-79 and its impact on Dr. Lucid’s return flight. A news release will be issued on July 15, 1996, announcing the crew of STS-84. It has been reported that the NASA exhibits at the Olympics, which include the International Space Station trailers, are one of the heaviest attended exhibits at the event. JPL’s press conference on the Ganymede encounter received a great deal of press coverage. Additionally last week, JSC successfully completed the first closed-loop life support test.
S/Huckins: The Hubble Space Telescope went into safehold over the weekend. GSFC will provide additional details.
I/McCormick: On July 11, 1996, Germany’s Education and Research Minister Ruttgers announced that the heads of DARA and DLR are preparing a plan for the merger of the two German space and aeronautics research and development organizations. The plan will be submitted on October 1, 1996, and will identify how to eliminate duplication of effort and how to reduce current budget requirements.
K/Thomas: On July 18, 1996, Mr. Thomas will kick off the Second Socio-Economic Training Program at ARC.
J/Cooper: Ms. Cooper provided an overview of the GAO’s audit activities. The GAO released two final reports during the week of July 8, 1996. The final report on the reemployment of buyout recipients responded to Congressman Wolf’s request that GAO review Federal agencies’ use of buyout authority and determine whether buyout recipients were subsequently reemployed as civil service personnel or Government contractors. The study sighted that out of the 87,743 buyout recipients, 394 were hired as civil service personnel. Due to the lack of a centralized database on contractor employees, the GAO was unable to determine the number of buyout recipients who were subsequently reemployed as Federal contractors. The report did not contain any recommendations. The second final report reviewed Governmentwide telecommunications costs and did not contain any recommendations. Two new starts have their entrance conferences this week–a review of NASA’s technology transfer program and the review of the effectiveness of implementing the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994. The entrance conference has not been scheduled for the review of laboratory consolidation efforts undertaken by Federal agencies. Additionally, an entrance conference has been scheduled for July 25, 1996, for the audit of NASA’s plans to successfully achieve the EOS science objectives. The entrance conference for the audit on the use of EOS ground stations in lieu of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System is scheduled for July 15, 1996, and a preliminary analysis has begun to determine if an audit is warranted on the privatization of the NASA sounding rocket program. Should anyone have any questions concerning one of these activities, please call Code J.
Z/Ladwig: The Strategic Management Meeting will be held on July 16 and a half day on July 17, 1996, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Courtroom B of the International Trade Commission building. Code Z has placed the agendas for the July 24 and 25, 1996, NASA Advisory Council meeting on the Code Z Homepage.
W/Gross: Ms. Gross encouraged the NASA Senior Management to submit their requests for audits, inspections, and partnerships to Code W for inclusion into their annual plan. Ms. Gross recently received a letter from the Honorable Lynne A. Battaglia, United States Attorney, District of Maryland, commending the efforts of Special Agent Donald L. Catanzerito, whose hard work and dedication ensured the prosecution and conviction of the president and vice- president of the Accent Fasteners, Inc., of Melbourne, Florida. As the primary case agent in the investigation and prosecution, Special Agent Catanzerito was instrumental in the development of the evidence which caused the court, at the time of sentencing, to enhance the defendants’ sentences, finding that their conduct had involved a reckless risk of death or serious bodily injury. Accent Fasteners, Inc., was a NASA subcontractor that supplied fasteners to attach the rotating communications system used to track the Space Shuttle during liftoffs and landings to its pedestal. Additionally, Code W is hosting and cosponsoring an “Advanced Computer Crime Course” for 120 Federal prosecutors. Cosponsors are the Department of Justice Computer Crime Unit and the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Computer Crime Investigations Unit. Ms. Gross thanked Code C, and specifically Codes CI and CO, Headquarters Security, guard force, and Boeing for doing such a superb job in supporting this effort.
2. AD/Dailey
General Dailey also addressed the Strategic Management Meeting that will be held on July 16 and a half day on July 17, 1996, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Courtroom B of the International Trade Commission building, 500 E Street SW.
On July 24 and 25, 1996, the NASA Advisory Council will meet.
Code B is in the process of finalizing the FY 1998 budget review schedule.
The Program Management Council meeting, originally scheduled for July 9, 1996, has been rescheduled to July 15, 1996. Code AI requests that attendees confirm their participation prior to the meetings to ensure that the necessary expertise will be available to address the program scheduled to be reviewed.
At NASA HQ, cultural diversity training is being conducted every Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer. This training is highly encouraged for all employees, and managers should ensure that each employee has the opportunity to attend. This is a one-time training event that is being taught by specially trained volunteers from within HQ.
3. Center Director Reports
ARC/McDonald: Dr. McDonald is at HQ and explained that as part of the followup to the Strategic Plan, ARC has begun the implementation plan workshops at JPL and GSFC. There has been a great deal of cooperation and collaboration, as well as hospitality.
GSFC/Rothenberg: The Hubble Space Telescope experienced a single-event upset that caused the craft to go into a safehold. While the cause of the phenomena has not been determined, it has been determined that there is no residual damage to the craft, nor was there any hardware damage. The science observations should resume on July 16, 1996.
JPL/Dumas: Dr. Stone is traveling to Washington, DC, on July 15, 1996. Last week, Dr. Stone received a letter from President Clinton congratulating him for receiving the Eisenhower award.
JSC/Nicholson: On July 15, 1996, Mr. Abbey is on the West Coast participating in the a series of International Space Station contractor reviews. The launch for STS-79 has been delayed until mid-September to allow time to restack Atlantis’ boosters. The delay of STS-79’s launch will add about 6 weeks to Dr. Lucid’s stay aboard the Mir.
KSC/Parish: On July 10, 1996, KSC was placed in Hurricane Condition 2. All nonessential personnel were sent home, and OV-104 was rolled back; however, the hurricane did not impact the Center. KSC will begin a 6-day work week for essential personnel to support the change out of STS-79’s boosters.
LaRC/Holloway: Mr. Holloway stated that LaRC had ample opportunity to prepare for Hurricane Bertha and that the Center fared the hurricane without incident and went back to full operations on July 15, 1996.
LeRC/Kress: The meeting on July 10, 1996, with Deputy Undersecretary for Defense (Space), the Honorable Robert Davis, discussing the Center’s space power and communications activities, went very well. A followup meeting between NASA and Mr. Davis’s team is anticipated in the near future. Mr. Goldin and Dr. Whitehead will be at LeRC on July 19, 1996, for the dedication ceremony for the technology incubator and to visit the new Cleveland Clinic and Science Center. LeRC and JSC, teaming with St. Vincent Hospital, Exxon Corporation, and the Crow Indian Reservation, are participating in an ACTS demonstration in Montana that will focus on telemedicine, specifically the health care of patients in remote areas. The National Wind Tunnel Complex Team has completed its study and placed its archives on 6 CD ROM.
MSFC/Littles: Dr. Littles is at HQ. The Aluminum Lithium Test Article (ALTA) zero- pressure ultimate and high-pressure ultimate load cases were successfully completed July 9, 1996. Eleven ALTA structural tests have now been successfully completed at MSFC since testing began on June 11, 1996. These tests were the last two that needed to be completed prior to the proof test of the super lightweight LH2 tank at the Michoud Assembly Facility later this year.
SSC/Roth: Mr. Estess is traveling to Washington, DC, on July 15, 1996.
Officials-in-Charge of Headquarters Offices:
B/Mr. Holz
C/Mr. Christensen
E/Mr. Reese (Acting)
F/Gen. Armstrong
G/Mr. Frankle
H/Ms. Lee
I/Mr. Schumacher
J/Ms. Cooper
K/Mr. Thomas
L/Mr. Lawrence
M/Mr. Trafton
O/Dr. Lundy (Acting)
P/Ms. Boeder
Q/Mr. Gregory
R/Dr. Whitehead
S/Dr. Huntress
U/Dr. Nicogossian (Acting)
W/Ms. Gross
X/Dr. Mansfield
Y/Mr. Townsend (Acting)
Z/Mr. Ladwig
Directors, NASA Field Installations:
ARC/Dr. McDonald
DFRC/Mr. Szalai
GSFC/Mr. Rothenberg
JSC/Mr. Abbey
KSC/Mr. Honeycutt
LaRC/Mr. Holloway
LeRC/Mr. Campbell
MSFC/Dr. Littles
SSC/Mr. Estess
Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory:
Dr. Stone
A/Ms. Wilcoxen
AB/Ms. Saldana
AD/Ms. Shaeffer
AE/Ms. Moore
AI/Ms. McClung
AO/Ms. Wissinger
AS/Ms. Magnotto
AT/Ms. Doss
C-3/Ms. Soper

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